IRB names referees for British & Irish Lions tour fixtures

Last Updated: 26/03/13 4:11pm

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Romain Poite: Will take charge of third Test

Romain Poite: Will take charge of third Test

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Referees Chris Pollock, Craig Joubert and Romain Poite will take charge of the Lions Tests with Australia this summer.

Before the Tests, the England contingent will be reacquainted with the man they feel partly responsible for their Six Nations defeat to Wales, Steve Walsh, who will officiate their match with the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree, who will hold the same role with the Lions, was particularly unhappy with how Walsh refereed the scrummage in Cardiff and has since asked for "clarification" about the Australian's performance.

The first Test in Brisbane on June 22 will be refereed by New Zealand's Pollock, with South African Joubert and France's Romain Poite taking charge of the second and third Tests in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

In a change from the last Lions tour, in South Africa in 2009, no Home Union officials will take charge of any of the non-Test fixtures.

The likes of Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens and Alain Rolland were utilised in South Africa.


Former Saracens fly-half Glen Jackson will referee the games against the Western Force on June 5, and Melbourne Rebels on June 25.

Jaco Peyper of South Africa and Jerome Garces of France will also feature in the middle during the tour.

IRB match official selection committee chairman, IRB Council member and former Scotland and Lions flanker John Jeffery said: "The British and Irish Lions tour will be one of the highlights of 2013 as far as international rugby is concerned and looks set to be another hard-fought and compelling series.

"The IRB is committed to promoting the very best refereeing standards at the elite level of the game.

"The continued priority is the promotion of consistency and performance and following a comprehensive selection process, the committee has appointed three highly experienced match referees for the Test series."

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